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Questions for Written Answer for 15 April 2021

Tabled on 14 April and due for answer by 28 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people at risk of (1) famine, or (2) severe food insecurity, in South Sudan in the next 12 months.  HL14901
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of UK aid to the Tigray region is being distributed in Sudan.  HL14902
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the recent violence in Darfur, and (2) any relationship between a reduction in international aid for people in Darfur and the risk of violence and instability in that region.  HL14903
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual UK financial contribution to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCU); and what assessment they have made of the statement received by Aid to the Church in Need from members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's National Episcopal Conference… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement received by Aid to the Church in Need from members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's National Episcopal Conference of the Congo that alleged attacks on civilians by the Allied Democratic Forces in North Kivu and Ituri have led to (1) the displacement of three million civ… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 February (HL13294), how the "very limited exceptions" by which some fossil fuel projects will be permitted are defined.  HL14906
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 25 February (HL13295), whether they are currently considering any fossil fuel financing projects through (1) UK Export Finance, or (2) Overseas Development Assistance, within the scope of the "very limited exceptions".  HL14907
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove privately owned e-scooters from the highway when the scheme to permit only e-scooters which have been licensed for hire comes into effect.  HL14908
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to work with international partners to ensure that Taiwan is included at the forthcoming World Health Assembly on 24 May, and (2) to sanction any official of the government of China who attempts to exclude Taiwan from that Assembly.  HL14909
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) plans, and  (2) objectives, they have for the 2021 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting due to take place in Rwanda in June; and whether UK ministers and officials will attend that meeting physically.  HL14910
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extra costs to businesses in the UK of trading within the UK as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL14911
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the efficiency of the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations in each region of England, and (2) how that compares with the roll-out of such vaccinations in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, and (c) Wales.  HL14912
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers with school-age children are currently housed in contingency accommodation; and how long they expect it will be before such asylum seekers are allocated dispersal accommodation.  HL14913
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a list of requirements that dispersal accommodation must meet.  HL14914
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements they have established with Migrant Help (1) to log and record every call made to the service by asylum seekers in contingency accommodation, and (2) to set a target time for responding to issues raised in these calls, as part of its contracts with that charity; and what assessment they have made of whether… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 18 March (HL13898), on what grounds they consider that the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill [HL] “would reduce flexibility in the way we approach greenhouse gas emission savings”.  HL14916
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 18 March (HL13898), what assessment they have made of (1) clause 2(1), and (2) clause 2(2), of the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill [HL].  HL14917
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement in the Energy White Paper Powering our Net Zero Future, published in December 2020, that “all rented non-domestic buildings will be EPC Band B by 2030, where cost-effective”, whether they plan to introduce a similar requirement for domestic premises; and if not, why not.  HL14918
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards ensuring the unfettered movement of pets within the UK.  HL14919
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Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Bethell on 19 January (HL Deb, cols 1080–4), what progress they have made towards developing research projects on brain tumours, and in particular on young people with brain tumours.  HL14920
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether payments made under the pilot Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme will reward initiatives to support public access to the countryside.  HL14921
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the first date by which farmers can receive payments for improving public access and enjoyment of the countryside as set out in the Agriculture Act 2020.  HL14922
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the deadline of January 2026 for the registration of new public rights of way under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.  HL14923
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the farm trials taking place to prepare for the implementation of the Agriculture Act 2020 are focused on improving public access to the countryside.  HL14924
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to address the efficacy of the 12 week gap between doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for blood cancer patients, and (2) to protect such patients who have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from exposure to COVID-19.  HL14925
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to changes in guidance about shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to ensure that immunosuppressed clinically extremely vulnerable people are prioritised for a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such people are supported prior to any such vaccination.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to reduce the gap between doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for cancer patients, and (2) to protect such patients who have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from exposure to COVID-19.  HL14927
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has (1) been sent, and (2) discussed, the peer-reviewed Sars CoV-2 for cancer patients (SOAP) study on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for cancer patients.  HL14928
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Sars CoV-2 for cancer patients (SOAP) study on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for cancer patients, what plans the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has (1) to change, and (2) to apologise for, its statements about (a) the scientific efficacy of the size of study, (b) that study's evaluation of T Cell… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are liable for any conditional financial obligations under the financing arrangements between the Scottish Government and Liberty Steel Dalzell Limited and related parties in connection with Lochaber and related power purchase agreements, following the investment made by the Scottish government in 2016.  HL14930
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Home Secretary on 24 March (HC Deb, cols 921–36), what are the (1) family reunion rights, (2) associated timescales, for asylum seekers who are granted asylum, and (3) the family reunion rights for illegal arrivals from a safe country.  HL14931
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the acreage of ancient woodlands lost in England in each of the last ten years.  HL14932
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce further protections for the remaining areas of ancient woodland in England.  HL14933
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent steps they are taking in response to the volcanic eruptions in St Vincent and the Grenadines.  HL14934
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how, and through which channels, they have coordinated the international response to the volcanic eruptions in St Vincent and the Grenadines.  HL14935
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have (1) offered, and (2) provided, to engineers in St Vincent and the Grenadines to help with (a) the restoration of water and electricity supplies, and (b) the construction of shelters for evacuees, following the volcanic eruptions.  HL14936
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) humanitarian assistance, and (2) emergency supplies, they have provided to St Vincent and the Grenadines following the volcanic eruptions.  HL14937
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with non-governmental organisations and churches in St Vincent and the Grenadines which are supporting evacuees following the volcanic eruptions.  HL14938
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they have made to UK non-governmental organisations to support those organisations to provide assistance to those affected by the volcanic eruptions in St Vincent and the Grenadines.  HL14939
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a national monument to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14940
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines the Department for Education (1) has, and (2) follows, for the time taken in responding to communications from members of the House of Lords.  HL14941
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the study undertaken by Imperial College London and Water Babies, reported on 12 April, which found that swimming pool water can inactivate the COVID-19 virus in 30 seconds in the right conditions.  HL14942
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases local authorities have brought against parents whose child has been deemed not to be in receipt of a suitable full-time education through home-schooling in each of the last five years.  HL14943
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Liverpool City Council: Best Value inspection report, published on 24 March, what plans they have to strengthen the audit arrangements in place for local authorities.  HL14944
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Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Coventry City Council about Coventry's designation as the 2021 UK City of Culture; and what support they have (1) provided, and (2) plan to provide, to that Council for the duration of Coventry being the City of Culture.  HL14945
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Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Environment Agency about actions they can take to support the development of coastal communities in the Greater Lincolnshire area.  HL14946
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Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage smaller communities and towns to participate in Festival UK* 2022.  HL14947
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support small businesses owners who commit to investing in their businesses in 2021.  HL14948
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce school class sizes once restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted.  HL14949
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the level of trade experienced by businesses based in London.  HL14950
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the briefing paper by the UCL Institute of Education The darkest hour? New evidence of the learning experiences, well-being and expectations of youth during the third national lockdown in the UK, published on 2 April; and what steps they are taking to increase the acquisition of work skills th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage consumers to support independent high street businesses.  HL14952
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give the Minister for Children and Families a position in Cabinet.  HL14953
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Prime Minister has to make a national address directed at children and young people about their role in Build Back Better: our plan for growth, announced on 3 March.  HL14954
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